Sony AF DT 50mm F1.8 SAM A-mount lens review by danny001

reviewer#9373 date: Aug-30-2011
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 18-55
Sigma 10-20
Tamron 70-200
Sony 500
price paid:159€
positive:sharp from 1.8
Very little CA
nice bokeh
negative:AF little noisy
vignetting at 1.8
comment:Amazing lens. At f1.8 this one is sharper than 18-55 kitlens at F8. At F2.8 sharpness is still little better and beyond difference is really hard to tell. CA is really low.
AutoFocus is reasonably fast but noisy. Bokeh is beautiful for portraits. It looks a little silly on A550 because its so tiny, but who cares right ? A must have for Sony owners, especially if you take the price into account.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 89
  • sharpness: 4.58
  • color: 4.52
  • build: 3.53
  • distortion: 4.61
  • flare control: 4.48
  • overall: 4.34 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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